Learn how to sign contracts like a boss

Published on January 19, 2017

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2 to 4 p.m.

Location: M110

Brought to you by MPP Ann Hogarth’s office.

A consumer protection workshop.

Free entry and will include pop and cookies!


Consumer Workshop

Research Analyst students present findings to major industry partners

Published on January 18, 2017

Research Analyst students presented the results of their major research projects to industry partners from Ipsos Canada and Environics Research Group in October of this year. As part of the program’s curriculum, the purpose of these projects is to enable students to gain practical experience in how to conduct applied research to meet the needs of an external client organization, as well as how to manage a full research process from proposal development to project implementation and delivery of the final results.

Client organizations for this year’s projects included Napoleon, County of Simcoe, MRT Automation, Rural Ontario Medical Program, Association for Bright Children of Ontario, and Plug n’ Drive, among others.

Each year, students who do an exceptional job on their major projects are invited to compete for the John H. Fryer Award (sponsored by Ipsos) and the Environics Award in Social Research, each of which is valued at $2,000. Winners are selected by a panel of judges from the two sponsoring organizations. Six teams from the fall 2015 and winter 2016 cohorts competed in this year’s competition.

This year’s winning teams, announced at the awards ceremony in December, were:

  • Seana Dwyer, Yuka Sugiura and Emily Stefanac, who were awarded the John H. Fryer award for the customer profile and marketing strategy developed for OK Friday Farmer’s Market at Burl’s Creek in Oro-Medonte
  • Lucas Beal, Biya Sha and Kiko Chen, who were awarded the Environics Award in Social Research for their research on employee satisfaction at Oro-Medonte municipal township
A group of people pose in a hallway.
Pictured, left to right: Debashish Roy (Ipsos), Trevor Clarke (Ipsos), Kayleigh Wilson, Carolyn DiMaria (Ipsos), Hana Kim (Ipsos), Hannah Dang, Radhika Sanda, Stephanie Lander, Yuka Sigura, Courtney Duthie, Emica Stephanac, Seana Dwyer and Razvan Rosu (Ipsos).
A group of people pose in a hallway.
Pictured, left to right: Paul Joseph (RAP faculty), Barry Watson (Environics), Tim Krywulak (RAP faculty), David MacDonald (Environics), Biya Sha, Lucas Beal, Amanda Allnut, Katherine Robinson, Julie McClement, Paige Sontag and Christina Lewandowski.

Many thanks to Ipsos and Environics for their generous support of these awards. All students who participate in this annual competition greatly benefit from the opportunity to present and discuss their work with leading industry researchers, senior managers and executives.

Congratulations to all of this year’s participants!

Take advantage of affordable services this winter at Georgian’s Health and Wellness clinics

Published on January 16, 2017

person putting spa mud on a client's faceGeorgian’s Health and Wellness clinics are a hidden gem at the Barrie Campus. Offered through the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences, the clinics are extremely affordable with flexible evening hours for staff and students.

The clinics serve a dual purpose. They are a learning environment for students, providing them with practical experience on real clients, under the guidance of experienced professionals including physicians, nurse practitioners, dental hygienists, dentists, massage therapists and others. The clinics also meet the local demand for affordable health care in the community – which includes Georgian’s staff and students.

“We’ve finalized our winter hours and our students are looking forward to helping their fellow peers and staff members with their health care needs,” said Christy Petherick, Customer Service Clerk for the clinics.

The Massage clinics offer a variety of services including specialized clinics for pregnant women, infants and those suffering from fibromyalgia or sports injuries.

Georgian’s Spa and Esthetics clinic is a state-of-the-art facility offering esthetic treatments at reduced rates to the community.

“We use the most current equipment, technology and professional product lines,” says Petherick. “Our clinic consists of 10 massaging pedicure stations, 10 manicure stations, a Vichy shower, an infrared sauna, specialized facial equipment, private treatment rooms and a spacious change room facility.”

Services in the Oral Health Clinic include assessments, polishing, fluoride application, dental sealants and oral health education. The clinic also offers free sports guards to those who qualify. Students are supervised by dental hygienists and dental assistants.

The clinics are located on the first floor of the Sadlon Health, Wellness and Sciences Centre at the Barrie Campus. Read more about the clinics, prices and a full list of winter hours.

Take a stroll down memory lane with vintage TBT photos

Published on January 13, 2017

This photo from the late 1960s shows the Barrie Campus in its infancy, at its permanent location on Georgian Drive. The largest of the college's seven campuses, it now boasts 12 buildings totaling one million square feet on a 110-acre site. Facilities include a 9,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art athletic and fitness centre and a 525-bed student residence

This Throwback Thursday (TBT) photo from the late 1960s shows the Barrie Campus in its infancy, at its permanent location on Duckworth Street. The largest of the college’s seven campuses, it now boasts 12 buildings totaling one million square feet on a 110-acre site. Continue reading

Winter weather and campus closures – all you need to know

Published on January 10, 2017

How will I know if my campus is closed?

There are a number of ways you can find out. We recommend you monitor more than one communications channel:

Campus closures may also be announced on local radio.

What if it’s not safe to come?

If the risk is too great to travel, you must take responsibility for your personal safety and make a sound decision based on your particular circumstance. Current conditions at your campus, or on your commute to campus, may be quite different from those at your home location. If your campus remains open but you can’t make it in, consult faculty or the appropriate academic office to discuss alternative arrangements if you miss a class, exam, assignment or other deadline.

Georgian’s campus closure procedure

The college intends to remain open to deliver programs and services to students. However, when the safety of students and staff is jeopardized or the college’s ability to operate effectively is compromised, classes may be cancelled or campuses closed.

  • a campus may remain open even if classes are cancelled; this means student services such as the library or Registrar’s Office are still available
  • a full campus closure means these services will be closed and employees, unless otherwise notified, are expected to leave the premises

When are closure decisions made?

The decision for each campus is made independently based on its particular circumstances. Hearing that one campus is closed does not necessarily mean that any other campus is affected:

  • generally, the college will try to make a closure decision early in the morning to avoid situations where individuals start their commute to campus unnecessarily
  • there are times when the college will be open but the weather may deteriorate over the course of the day; when this happens, the college will make every effort to announce any plans to cancel evening classes by mid-afternoon
  • in other instances, depending on the weather, it may become necessary to close after the college has begun operations
  • occasionally, the college may decide to stay open or to delay a mid-day closure to allow sufficient time for the storm to pass and to provide time for roads and highways to be cleared

Re-opening of campuses

In an effort to provide college operations as fully as possible, Georgian’s campus closure procedure allows for the possibility of re-opening campuses that have closed earlier in the day due to weather or other emergency situations. A campus may re-open if, for instance:

  • weather has improved and parking lots are cleared and sanded
  • hydro, heat or water has been interrupted but later restored
  • other similar circumstances have been resolved and it’s safe and practical to re-open

If the college is considering re-opening a campus later in the day, this possibility will be noted when the closure is first announced. It will then be your responsibility to monitor the communications channels listed above to check whether classes and other operations will resume.

If campuses are re-opened, students and staff are expected to attend.

Snow clearing operations

Snow clearing operations are difficult at the best of times:

  • it’s almost impossible to try to remove snow when the parking lots are in use; most snow clearing operations take place overnight and in weather conditions that can change dramatically
  • parking lots and sidewalks closest to campus buildings are cleared first so as to enable the college to open and classes and other operations to proceed while snow removal continues

Bradley R. Moore

Published on January 10, 2017

Brad MooreCaptain Bradley Moore joined the Centre for Marine Training and Research at Georgian College seven years ago. The majority of his work is focused on simulation research and project coordination. He also teaches regularly.

He recently contributed to analysis and development of the virtual Equinox Class of vessel, in conjunction with the Transas hydrodynamics team from St. Petersburg, Russia.

His investigation of simulated new and multi-year ice dynamics, as related to vessel interaction and operational procedures, led him to present on Simulated Response Preparedness in Harsh Environments at the Maritime Arctic Safety and Security conference in 2014.

In 2012, Captain Moore conducted a transportation logistics study through simulation for the Port of Goderich. This study assisted in determining the re-design and future uses of the port after the city’s natural disaster.

In 2011, Captain Moore began the development of the Contiguous Hydrodynamic Simulation Model Of Great Lakes Basin and Connecting Waters. This application of technology integrated over 500,000 data points and is the only one of its kind in Canada.

While attending University of Toronto for Engineering Science, Brad founded and became the CEO of ComSoft Systems. Over 10 years, he led extensive research and development projects in cloud computing, with a focus on transportation logistics and business integration.

Brad began his sailing career in 1982 on the Great Lakes. In 1984, he sailed out of Canadian waters on to the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Indian oceans.


A lifelong learner, he holds multiple certificates: Simulation Instructor and Development, Teaching and Training Adults, Master 500t, Watch-Keeping Mate, as well as all MEDs, SENs, GMDSS-ROC, ECDIS, Company Security Officer and Celestial Navigation certificates. Brad also earned his private and commercial pilot’s licenses.

Funding announced for Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre at Barrie Campus

Published on January 9, 2017

Funding was confirmed today for a new, $30-million Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre at the Barrie Campus of Georgian College. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced $10.8 million in funding through the Government of Canada’s Post‑Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.

The three-storey building will provide study and learning space for students enrolled in new diploma and degree programs. It will also be an important resource where academia and industry can collaborate to innovate, diversify the economy and create new opportunities for the future.

Key to this economic growth will be the Centre for Research, Innovation and Commercialization (C-RIC) which will be housed in the centre. It will play an essential role in creating a powerful local entrepreneurship climate and in supporting the diversification of the economy. It will include research and commercialization space for business and industry, including incubator, changemaker and fabrication space. Until now, central Ontario has not had a dedicated facility of any kind related to research, acceleration or commercialization.

More than 800 degree and diploma students will use the labs and collaboration facilities in the centre. It will be home to Simcoe County’s first electrical engineering degree, offered by Georgian in partnership with Lakehead University. Students will graduate job-ready with both a diploma and a degree, the best of a college and university education, in just four years. In future years, the centre will allow for the growth of additional degree studies in mechanical, civil and software engineering.

For students in Georgian’s environmental programs, as well as industry partners, the centre will be a living lab. Sustainable building construction and energy efficiency principles are incorporated throughout the new facility. The centre will also be home to the first two years of a new combined degree-diploma program focused on environmental sustainability in partnership with Lakehead.

In addition to federal funding announced today, the Centre for Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research will be financed by $1.8 million from the provincial government, a $5-million contribution from the County of Simcoe and $5 million from the City of Barrie.

Georgian will work with the community and industry partners to secure additional funds through its Power of Education campaign. The building will open for use by the fall of 2018.

Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre
Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre


This historic investment by the Government of Canada is a down payment on the government’s vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. That means making Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into middle-class jobs and start-up companies into global successes.
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Our government is proud to support this important project, which will give Georgian College students access to renewed and upgraded facilities at the Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre. We know that providing access to high-quality education and training facilities is critical to building the highly skilled workforce we need to support good jobs and economic growth for today and tomorrow, and this investment will help us to do it.
– Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie

We are so proud that postsecondary education continues to expand in Simcoe County, providing opportunities for our residents, fueling our skilled labour market and driving our economy and communities forward. The new Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre will serve as a hub to support our local industries and manufacturing businesses while continuing to position Georgian College as a provincial leader in producing highly skilled, job-ready graduates.
– Warden Gerry Marshall, County of Simcoe 

This catalytic project will support our local labour market needs, advance Barrie’s economic investment strategy for the creation of a vibrant start-up ecosystem to achieve greater economic diversity, and enable greater industrial competitiveness and resiliency through increased access to research, technology and innovation infrastructure.

Jeff Lehman, Mayor, City of Barrie

 The new Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre will be a game changer – an inspirational home for diploma and degree studies as well as a boost for our local economy. When people think of Georgian College, they first think of students, and we are proud of that. This new building reinforces that Georgian is a resource for business and industry. This innovation and research centre will be a catalyst for change and help to build the future of our communities for decades to come.
– Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College

We are thrilled for the possibilities that this new centre brings, like new degree and diploma programs, new labs and research facilities. As the president of the Georgian College Electric Vehicle Racing Club, where we design and construct a small electrical car, I am eager to utilize the resources this facility will bring. This new building will provide us with new labs and fabrication spaces for students like myself to work on our projects.

Mark Reckzin, Mechanical Engineering Technology student, Georgian College


Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre

The $30-million, three-storey, 56,000-square-foot facility will be a centerpiece of Georgian’s Barrie Campus, prominently facing busy Highway 400. The centre will include:

  • Research and commercialization space for industry, including incubator, changemaker and fabrication space
  • Labs and collaboration space for more than 800 degree and diploma students
  • Computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and geographic information system (GIS) labs
  • Dedicated telepresence room, electrical lab, technical project space and more

In addition to federal and provincial contributions, the centre is also supported with a $5-million investment from the County of Simcoe and $5-million from the City of Barrie. Georgian and its donors and industry partners will provide additional funding.

 Centre for Research, Innovation and Commercialization (C-RIC)

  • The C-RIC will be fundamental to the economic growth and prosperity of central Ontario.
  • It will function as a community hub where innovation is fostered and celebrated. It will be the go-to source to develop and incubate products and services, to test concepts, and showcase promising research and new products.

Central Ontario’s first engineering degrees

  • Engineering job opportunities in central Ontario are projected to grow by approximately six per cent by 2020, and that is without any additional boost from local research and innovation activities. The demand exists – enrolment in Georgian’s engineering technology programs has increased by more than 15 per cent over the past three years.
  • Until now no engineering degrees have been offered in central Ontario. Georgian is meeting this need by introducing the first electrical engineering degree in partnership with Lakehead University. Students will graduate job-ready with both a diploma and a degree, the best of a college and university education, in just four years.

Environmental Sustainability

 Key learning and research opportunities for students in Georgian’s environmental degree and diploma programs as well as industry partners include the ability to capture data on the usage and functionality of:

  • Rooftop solar panels
  • A micro-grid display room
  • Building automation control system
  • Geothermal ground source heating and cooling
  • LED lighting

The Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre will also be home to the first two years of a   combined degree-diploma in environmental sustainability in partnership with Lakehead University.

The Last Class is hiring experienced line cooks for the winter semester

Published on January 4, 2017

TLC Hiring

The Last Class is looking for experienced line cooks to start this January for the winter semester. Past restaurant experience required, must have good work ethic, be punctual, hard working, and wanting to work in a faced paced environment.

Must be a current student of Georgian College.

Send your resume, cover letter, and school schedule to Nicholas.Bergeron@GeorgianCollege.ca to apply.

Nominations open for 2017 Board of Governors’ Awards of Distinction

Published on January 4, 2017

Who inspires you? Nominate them for a  2017 Board of Governors’ Award of Distinction. The awards celebrate staff, alumni and community partners who inspire excellence and have gone above and beyond in their contributions to the college.

Putting forth a nomination is easy. All you need to do is follow the steps, outline how your nominee meets specific award criteria, and acquire two supporting signatures. Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 10.

Spread the word and encourage your peers to consider recognizing someone they know who has made a difference at Georgian.

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